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Shonda Rhimes to receive the 2016 Norman Lear Award in Television

Shonda Rhimes has once again earned a top accolade for her outstanding work.

Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes is set to be honoured with the 2016 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.

Bosses at the Producers Guild of America will fete the successful mogul for her nearly 20 years in TV as a producer and showrunner at the PGA Awards on 23 January (16).

"Shonda Rhimes is one of the most passionate and insightful storytellers in entertainment today," Producers Guild Awards Co-Chairs Michael DeLuca and Jennifer Todd said in a statement. "Her pioneering work on Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder has redefined the role of women in media and spurred the debate about diversity in television. Like the intelligent, strong, and fearless characters she creates, Shonda is a true force to be reckoned with and we are privileged to honor her with this year’s Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television."

Previous recipients of the PGA prize include Aaron Spelling, David E. Kelley, J.J. Abrams and Jerry Bruckheimer.

In the past Shonda has received other prestigious accolades for her diverse talents including a Golden Globe Award and a diversity award from Directors Guild of America among others, but penning scripts remains her first passion.

“The writing is still my favourite part,” she told “The thing that I work hardest at is carving out time to write every day—four hours that I can shut the door to my office and put on my headphones. I tell myself that that's what ABC pays me for, in a lot of ways. I'm the storyteller. Our job is making sure the stories are told.”

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